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Why We Need to Destigmatize Incarceration

By Mariama Sidibe “The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.” This statistic gets thrown around in documentaries, classrooms, and by activists. There is no denying that the American justice system is broken, and has been for...

Education and Incarceration: Struggles and Joy

By Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - The Prison Scholar Fund March 7, 2002: I'm taken into federal custody, charged, and eventually plead guilty. As I leave the federal jail headed into the federal prison system in 2004 I begin to ponder not only how I'll do...

Broken – America’s Criminal Justice System

By Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - The Prison Scholar Fund March 7, 2002. The crack of dawn.  Rain constantly pounds the pavement. On the gang infested East Side of San Diego where gunshots ring throughout the night and police constantly speed to deal with...

Dream Into Reality

by Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Adviser – The Prison Scholar Fund Through accessing, applying, and building on knowledge, we can take our dreams from being impossible, to incredible, to a state of common reality. Throughout history, this has been the case. Cars,...

Why the Prison Scholar Fund?

by Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Adviser – The Prison Scholar Fund At this time, while employment is readily available in the United States, a lot of people look around in the sunshine of prosperity and say “What can I do to make a difference?” Of course there are...

Technology, Understanding, and the Human Condition

By Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - The Prison Scholar Fund What do technology, understanding, and the human condition all have in common? They are all knowledge driven. In a world that evolves nearly as fast it spins technology, understanding, and the human...

First Step Act – Inside Impact

by Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - The Prison Scholar Fund The First Step Act was a win for what it did accomplish. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was made retroactive and people who had previously served way too much time under the previous unfair crack...

A Wired-to-Win Worldview

By Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor PSF Every living thing is wired to win.  Animals, plants, and humans naturally strive to succeed in various endeavors and tasks right from inception.  Roses grow through cracks in the concrete if necessary, babies use crying...

Knowledge in Action

by Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - the Prison Scholar Fund Understanding knowledge in action as you experience it from a positive perspective creates a new paradigm in your mind for both the knowledge and the actions which are driven by that knowledge, thus...

The Dream Equation, Part III

by Robert Wood, Senior Social Media Advisor - The Prison Scholar Fund Previously I've discussed the dream equation twice - once explaining what it is and the second time clarifying some of the finer points of actually applying it. For those of you who haven't read the...

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